Kingsland Manor with model Sabrina Olivia photos by Looking Glass Photography
Dress by Diana Mahrach, Muah: Brittany Weyhrauch
The Kingsland Manor is a 18th Century town-owned property that was originally a farm house built by to brothers John and James
Walls around 1768 for James and his wife Mary. The brothers ran a lumber mill near the mud hole in North Belleville, now Nutley. In 1787 Joseph Kingsland, a contractor, had updated the farmhouse by raising the ceilings and plastering the walls and moved his family from Greenwich st. to the manor in 1796.
Three additional generations of Kingslands lived in the house and ran the lumber and paper mills until 1909 when the last Kingslands sold the Manor to Daniel McGinnity. His son Bernard Charles "Bus" ran a speakeasy in the basement under our ballroom duing prohibition. His mother Katherine Agnes, ran the manor as a hospital during the thirties.
It was sold in 1938 to an air traffic controller, Ralph smith, who lived there until 1944 when it as purchased by ITT as a home for their vice-president, L John Denny. In 1958, to antique dealers purchased the home and lived there until 1972. The town received Green Acres funds to purchase the Manor and land creating the Kingsland Park and the Historic Restoration Trust of Nutley.
The Manor is open for visits on the third Sunday of each month as well as special events throughout the year. We are also available for special tours and invite you all to visit the Kingsland Manor.
Each October, we host paranormal investigations of the Kinglsand Manor by Matt Haas and his Island Paranormal Society investigative team. "Bus" McGinnity is a regular visitor during these investigations but he is not the only spirit who haunts our Manor. Steve Shepps, son of Norman and Doris Shepps, who played in the basement makes frequent during these investigations. K2 meter hits, Oculus responses and EVPs provide thrilling evidence of a very active site. More activity is discovered here with every new ghosthunt conducted here and we welcome all to join us as we explore the historic past of the Kingsland Manor.
Photos by: Naomi Rivera of Looking Glass Photography www.lgphotography25wixsite.com/portfolio
Dress: Diana Mahrach NYC www.Dianafabrics.com